Meet the cute animals in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (video, slide show)

Today, Radio City Music Hall welcomed sheep, camels and a donkey along with the Rockettes to prepare for its annual Christmas show

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    Rockettes (left to right) Sarah Staker, Katie Russell, Jessica Osborne and Sierra Ring welcome the stars of the Living Nativity to their first day of rehearsals for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

  • Photograph: Amanda Schwab

    The Rockettes welcome the animals from the Living Nativity to Radio City Music Hall for the 2013 Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

  • Photograph: Amanda Schwab

    Ted the camel gets a kiss from Rockette Jessica Osbourne on his first day of rehearsals for the 2013 Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

  • Photograph: Amanda Schwab

    The animals from the Living Nativity give New Yorkers a treat as they walk past the Rockefeller Center subway stop on their way to rehearsals for the 2013 Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

  • Photograph: Lauren Reddy

    The Rockettes welcome the animal stars of the Living Nativity to their first day of rehearsals for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

  • Photograph: Lauren Reddy

    The Rockettes welcome the animal stars of the Living Nativity to their first day of rehearsals for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

  • Photograph: Amanda Schwab

    The camels from the Living Nativity arrive at Radio City Music Hall for their first day of rehearsals for the 2013 Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

  • Photograph: Lauren Reddy

    The Rockettes welcome the animal stars of the Living Nativity to their first day of rehearsals for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

  • Photograph: Lauren Reddy

    The Rockettes welcome the animal stars of the Living Nativity to their first day of rehearsals for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

  • Photograph: Lauren Reddy

    The Rockettes welcome the animal stars of the Living Nativity to their first day of rehearsals for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

  • Photograph: Lauren Reddy

    The Rockettes welcome the animal stars of the Living Nativity to their first day of rehearsals for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

  • Photograph: Lauren Reddy

    The Rockettes welcome the animal stars of the Living Nativity to their first day of rehearsals for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

  • Photograph: Lauren Reddy

    The Rockettes welcome the animal stars of the Living Nativity to their first day of rehearsals for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

  • Photograph: Lauren Reddy

    The Rockettes welcome the animal stars of the Living Nativity to their first day of rehearsals for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Photograph: Amanda Schwab

Rockettes (left to right) Sarah Staker, Katie Russell, Jessica Osborne and Sierra Ring welcome the stars of the Living Nativity to their first day of rehearsals for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Have you ever seen a camel stroll down Sixth Avenue? If you haven't, and that's something you were hoping to do, we're sorry to report you've missed your chance. Today, the Rockettes welcomed four-legged friends to Radio City Music Hall for their first rehearsal for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The donkey, three camels and two sheep will star in the Living Nativity in the 2013 production, which runs November 8 through December 30.


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Never ones to miss out on cute animal action, we were on the scene this morning to meet the Rockettes' furry costars. Some fun facts we learned: All the sheep in the show will be paired with a specific Rockette, with whom they can form a bond. Also, both the donkey and one of the camels are named Ted, and Ted the Donkey has been in the Christmas Spectacular for 15 years! Last of all, because of all the lanolin that sheep have, both the Rockettes and the animal trainers have very soft hands by the end of the season. Not a bad perk, eh?


Click through the photos above to meet the Teds and the rest of the animals, and check out our video below via TONY's Instagram.



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